Media release

UPDATE: Wadeye Unrest

Police

Northern Territory Police have arrested a number of people in relation to disturbances in the remote community of Wadeye.

Over recent months the remote community has seen intermittent disturbances that have resulted in one death, numerous minor injuries, property damage and the displacement of a large number of people.

Yesterday, police arrested a total of 25 men, 10 of whom have been remanded to appear in Darwin Local Court over the coming days in relation to the riotous behaviour that has been occurring.

Superintendent Kirk Pennuto said, “The Northern Territory Police continue to play a key leadership role in the community of Wadeye. Police members stationed out in the community have been doing an outstanding job at reducing the impact these disturbances have been having and ensuring the safety of everyone.

“We have been systematically removing the instigators of violence for the past two months and the targeted arrests yesterday was a large step forward in bringing stability back into the community.

“The situation in Wadeye remains complex, police will continue to tirelessly support the community both from a safety perspective and in participating in discussions with stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to what are deeply entrenched cultural conflicts.”    

PFES Media